Londonist Loves... A Good Holy Festival

By Hazel Last edited 153 months ago
Londonist Loves... A Good Holy Festival
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April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

- T S Eliot, The Wasteland

Well, sort of. It's more of a busy month, especially for all the faiths, cultures and religions that live side by side in London. For the next week, the multifaith calendar of multicultural London looks like this:

Yesterday: Ching Ming Festival - the Chinese Remembrance of Ancestors Day, wherein families tend to the graves of their deceased and burn offerings for their continued peace and rest in the afterlife.

Today: Rama Navami - the Hindu holy day that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, whose reign (Ramrajya) was prosperous and peaceful. Mahatma Gandhi used the term Ramrajya to describe how he imagined India would be after Independence.

Sunday 9th April: Palm Sunday - the Christian festival day that marks the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the start of Holy Week. Commemorates Christ's arrival in Jerusalem, when all the crowds welcomed him with palm branches, before they attended his crucifixion which is marked by Good Friday.

Tuesday 11th April: Eid Milad un Nabi - a Muslim festival that celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims gather together to discuss the Prophet's life and families arrange feasts. Not all Muslims celebrate this day as they do not approve of celebrating the birthday.

And then... brace yourself:

Thursday 13th April Maundy Thursday - the Christian dayof remembering Christ's Last Supper

Hanuman Jayanti - the Hindu festival marking the the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God

Memorial of Christ's Death - this is the only religious festival marked by Jehovah's Witnesses

Therevada New Year - a three day festival for Theravada Buddhists, starting on the first full moon day in April

Passover - the first day of the season of Passover when Jews commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses.

Vaisakhi or Baisakhi - the Sikh New Year Festival

Who thought being religious could ever be boring?

Last Updated 06 April 2006